Collaborating centres

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

In January 2000, the Executive Board urged the Member States to make full use of WHO collaborating centres as sources of information, services and expertise, and to strengthen their own national capacity for training, research and collaboration for health development. At the same time, it encouraged centres to develop working relations with other centres and national institutions recognized by WHO, in particular by setting up or joining collaborative networks with WHO's support.

Networks of collaborating centres have been created in many technical areas. For examples please see the following links:


On 9/Oct/2017, the National Rehabilitation Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has been designated as a WHO collaborating centre for substance use prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. More information

On 20/Sep/2017, the Department of “Control de Muestras y Servicios”, Instituto de Diagnóstico y Referencia Epidemiológicos (InDRE) “Dr. Manuel Martínez Báez”, Ministry of Health, Mexico City, Mexico has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Center on Laboratory Biosafety. More information

On 14/Sep/2017, the Surgery Unit, Hospital services, Medical group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, India, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for research on surgical care delivery in low and middle income countries. More information